DLS was formed in 1975 and provides free legal advice and representation for disabled people in the areas of employment (including discrimination in the workplace), community care, housing and welfare benefits. Our purpose is to challenge the poverty and inequality faced by people with disabilities by securing equal access to legal rights and entitlements.
We offer a national telephone and online service providing free advice, a dedicated advice service for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis, and free legal representation and case work including supporting people through employment tribunals, judicial reviews and community care cases. We also provide a wealth of online information downloadable from our website in accessible formats and available by post.
Disability Law Service’s purpose is to challenge the poverty and inequality disabled people face by securing access to legal rights and entitlements. An important right is the right to work and to have fair access to employment and associated opportunities such as volunteering. DLS has a role to play in this as an employer as well as an advisor and advocate.
DLS is therefore registered as, and committed to being, a Disability Confident organisation and employer. This means that we will ensure that disabled people are encouraged to work for DLS and are not disadvantaged by our recruitment and employment processes.
Specifically, we are committed to: • Ensuring an open recruitment process that is inclusive and accessible; • Communicating and promoting vacancies in an accessible; • Offering interviews to disabled people; • Anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required; • Supporting all employees who acquires a disability or long-term health condition, to enable them to stay in work.
DLS is run by and for disabled people, with 75% of our trustees and 70% of our staff identifying as disabled.